The best kind of granola is the kind that is worth waking up for, even on rainy mornings. It is lightly sweetened, full of fiber to power you through your day, and of course, has just the right crunch. Making your own granola is easy and perfectly customizable to include the best quality ingredients. Not to mention, it doesn’t have all the nasty preservatives, fillers and tons of sugar like those you find on the shelves. This is why we always bake our granola in-house daily.
Whole grain oats are full of good-for-you fiber, high in protein and minerals like folate, iron and magnesium. They are also said to reduce cholesterol! How great is this humble oat. Be sure you are buying 100% whole rolled oats and nothing that says “instant”. (Instant/quick-cooking = highly-processed, high GI and not so good for you). Any vegetable oil with a high smoke point works (not olive oil) but coconut oil adds a lovely fragrance to the granola.
The general rule of thumb is to have a ratio of 3 cups oats to 1.5 cups nuts/seeds. We love almonds because they add a nice crunch to the granola, but feel free to add your favourite nuts! Walnuts and almonds especially have heart-healthy fats, contain protein and keep the hunger pangs away. Seeds like pepitas (pumpkin seeds) are also high in zinc for immune support, magnesium and more healthy omega-3 fats. Next up, add your sweetener. 1/4 cup is just the right amount without becoming overly sweet. Maple syrup, honey, agave or brown sugar all work great! Try adding gula melaka for a local twist.
With the basics all set, it’s time for you to go crazy and add whatever else you fancy! Dried fruit work well too and coconut flakes add an unbeatable fragrance. Just make sure you only add them at the end so they don’t burn.
Here’s how you can make your own granola!
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup almonds
1/2 cup seeds
1/2 cup coconut flakes
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
Preheat your oven to 150 degrees Celsius. Mix all the ingredients with clean hands and make sure ingredients are well distributed. Spread it in a thin layer on a baking sheet and put it in the oven for 10-15 mins (timing depends on your oven). Make sure to check on it every now and then and toss it around to make sure the granola is evenly toasted. If adding coconut flakes, only add it in the last 5 minutes of baking. Cool completely before storing.
How to enjoy your homemade granola
We love ours on top of our superfood smoothie bowls. The crunchy granola adds great texture and nuttiness to the refreshing smoothie bowls.
Layering granola and fresh fruits in between spoonfuls of lush Greek yoghurt makes this parfait a great breakfast choice. Wholegrains, calcium, vitamins – check!
Make apple sandwiches. Granola + almond butter + apples are a great mid-day snack when you’re feeling the hunger pangs but not quite ready for a full meal. (Note to moms: kids love this!)
So there you have it – the easiest, most basic recipe is here but our advice is to get creative! The recipe is incredibly flexibly and easy to modify, so use any combination of healthy ingredients to make it your own and go HAM on spooning it on smoothie bowls or just eat it on its own, really (we won’t tell).